ECTS Mike Horton Award
Nominations period: September – November.
Professor Mike Horton (1948-2010) was a hematologist-turned-basic scientist who made significant contributions in the bone field and beyond. He performed pioneering work in osteoclast biology which resulted, among other things, in the recognition of the alpha v beta 3 integrin as a therapeutic target for inhibiting bone resorption. His warm personality and wide-ranging interests inspired many young researchers.
The award is for €1000 (Euros) and is announced during the ECTS annual congress.
The ECTS Mike Horton Award is open to individuals who have made a significant basic or translational contribution to the field of bone and calcified tissue.
ECTS Board members are not eligible to this award during term of office in the ECTS Board.
The Call for Nominations for the 2021 Mike Horton Award are now open until 30 November 2021.
Nominees must be nominated and seconded by ECTS members.
Nominations should be submitted via the online form.
All nominations are reviewed by an independent panel of reviewers. The final decision is based on the marks and comments from the reviewers and any conflicts of interest are identified and dealt with appropriately.
Winner of the 2021 Mike Horton Award
Congratulations to Andre G. Uitterlinden, Professor of Complex Genetics at Erasmus MC Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, recipient of the 2021 Mike Horton Award presented during the ECTS Annual General Meeting 2021.
For a full list of previous Award recipients, please visit the Previous Grants section.
Professor Andre G. Uitterlinden has been awarded the 2021 European Calcified Tissue Society Mike Horton Award for recognition of basic and translational contributions to the field of bone and calcified tissue.
Andre Uitterlinden is Professor of complex genetics at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam. His research has focused on the genetic determinants of common traits and diseases including osteoporosis and osteoarthritis and more recently has developed an interest in microbial genetics to evaluate the role of the microbiome in a variety of clinical situations.
Professor Uitterlinden pioneered the development of large- scale studies on the genetic determinants of osteoporosis by establishing the GENOMOS and GEFOS consortia which were instrumental in identifying the hundreds of genes and loci that are known to regulate bone mineral density and predispose to fragility fractures. He continues this work as a collaborator on many
international epidemiological study populations in the field of complex diseases and has authored more than 1000 research papers in the field.